How does it feel to be part of Duotone?
I am really proud to join the Duotone team and excited for what’s to come. It’s a dream come true to join a team of riders, who used to be my idols and now are my team mates.
What motivated you to join the team?
Duotone in France is really famous and it remains to be the most influential brand in the world, staying at the top of its game across all aspects.
Which Duotone riders inspire you?
There are some great riders in the team, as well as some kiteboarding legends like Aaron Hadlow, who inspired me a lot when I was younger. My older brother Seb has been my idol ever since I can remember.
What Duotone gear are you riding?
For now I’m riding the Duotone Vegas and Team Series. It is simply the best combination you can have for performing freestyle. I also like to use the Duotone Evo and Rebel for big air, and the Duotone Neo to surf and foil.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
I have a few projects coming up, but most of all I want to continue what I'm doing which is being a professional kiteboarder. It’s the life I've been dreaming of since I was a kid.I’m focused on pushing my riding as much as possible and want to get into the top five on the World Tour. I also really want to get more into big air and enter the King of the Air asap. Besides competition, I want to make some video projects with my brother who’s also on the Duotone team, as well as some coaching around the world with him.
What does True Kiteboarding mean to you?
True Kiteboarding means, true passion and full commitment to the sport. Kiteboarding is my life, it’s what I wake up for every day and I want to keep it that way. The last thing is being able to share the sport and moments with your family and friends.
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